Monday, 25 February 2013

The Quicksand Band - Monday March 25

The Quicksand Band will play a stripped down acoustic gig in Mick Murphy's, Ballymore Eustace, Co. Kildare on Monday March 25. Doors 8:30pm. Gig 9:15pm sharp. Admission: €12 on the door.

The Quicksand Band were formed in 2008 in Dublin. Having played together in 

various forms over the years, the lads grouped together to record what was 

originally a solo project for lead singer Justin Corr. But the sounds and vibes that 

came from that session paved the way for the launch of a new band. With Phil Clarke joining Justin on lead vocals and 

guitars, Shay Cosgrave on drums and Eoin Melinn on Bass, The Quicksand Band was born.

Playing in venues across the country they have developed a unique style and approach to music with songs that bear the i

influence of country, folk and rock but with a very contemporary edge. Their live performances have gained them a large 

fan base, drawn to their compelling, exciting and honest delivery of material. 

The Quicksand Band have had the pleasure of being guests to Declan O'Rourke, Freddie White, Prison Love, Luan Parle, 

Mick Hanly and Eric Taylor amongst others.

The EP "Ten Gallon Drought" (the product of those early sessions) was launched in 2008 and has been well received by 

fans and critics. The follow up EP "Ten Gallon drought Part II" was launched the following year.

In 2011 the band, accompanied by producer Gavin Glass, entered the studio to record their debut Album, Approaching 

Rain. The first single 'Homesong', was released in sept 2011, and the album was release in feb 2012, followed by the launch 

of the singles 'That Voice' (sept 2012) and 'Learning' (feb 2013).

2013 sees the band reunite with producer Gavin Glass to enter the studio to start recording sessions for what will be an as 

yet untitled second album.

Frankie Lane - Monday March 11, 2013

Frankie Lane will play a solo show at Mick Murphy's, Ballymore Eustace, Co. Kildare, Monday March 11, 2013. Doors 8:30pm, Gig 9:15pm sharp. Admission: €12 on the door.

As one of Ireland's best-known performers and traditional musicians of international renown, Frankie Lane is the original front man of the legendary Fleadh Cowboys. During their sparkling career in the 1980s, Frankie's live performances were famed for being fun-filled as well as tremendous - he regularly scaled high balconies in his quest to drive the audience wild, and usually managed! In fact, the "Fleadhs" gathered a huge fan base at the Olympia Theatre (pioneering "Midnight At The Olympia")and went on to support legendary performers such as Bob Dylan, U2, The Pogues, Emmylou Harris and B.B.King.

His regular musical companion, mandolin and fiddle player, Paul Kelly, toured extensively with Frankie throughout Europe in the mid 1990s following their highly acclaimed and diverse album Wahoo! Live at Hughes's.

In January 2004 Frankie was nominated for a prestigious Meteor Music Award in the Country/Roots category.

In 1993 he was nominated for the I.R.M.A. music awards for his much acclaimed album of the time "Dobro" released on the Gael Linn label

For the last number of years, as well as producing and directing some of Irelands leading artists, Frankie has toured extensively with ex- De Danann singer Eleanor Shanley in Ireland , Holland and Denmark to immense critical acclaim.

Sonny Condell - Monday March 4, 2013

Sonny Condell plays BAG at Mick Murphy's, Ballymore Eustace, Co. Kildare on Monday, March 4. Doors 8:30pm, Gig 9:15 sharp. Admission: €12 on the door.

For music, videos, news etc. visit Sonny's website:  

An integral part of the Irish music scene since the early `70s, a musical career spanning 35 years, from the heady days with “Tír Na nÓg” which landed him on the biggest stages in the world, to the truly fantastic “Scullion”, numerous solo albums, perhaps one of Irelands greatest songwriters, Sonny Condell is the real McCoy.

Sonny Condell's songs are melodic and thoughtful, often with a breeze of jazz or a rhythmic hint of tradiitional music. “Down In The City”, “Teeside”, the Poptastic “Carol”, stunning lyrics, distinctive driving rhythm guitar. A prolific songwriter with 15 albums to his credit.

"Three decades equals a remarkable repertoire in Scullion's world, most of it drawn from the creative genius of Condell, whose subtle lyricism and matchless melody lines bear scant kinship to anyone else on the planet" Siobhán Long -- Irish Times June 2008

Friday, 15 February 2013

Pat Coldrick (IRL) Monday February 25 2013

Pat Coldrick returns to play BAG at Mick Murphy's, Ballymore Eustace, Co. Kildare on Monday, February 25. Doors 8:30pm. Admisson is €12 on the door.

Born in Navan and now living in Howth Co.
Dublin, Pat Coldrick has been playing and
studying classical guitar since he was 12 years old. Initially self taught, Pat went onto study music at the College of Music in Dublin and also had the opportunity to study under world renowned guitarists David Russell and Gabriel Esterellas. 
A guitarist with a classical and rock background, he writes and performs works for the guitar with a fresh, new and exciting approach. Not for Pat the 'stuffy' world of classical guitar recital; his performances are engaging and thoroughly entertaining.
His musical career includes playing guitar with hugely popular Irish band The Memories in the 1980’s. Through his session and classical work, he has achieved some of the highest honours in Feis Ceoil Awards and has made a number of appearances on national TV shows on RTE and TV3 and guested on a number of radio interviews and live performances on RTE Radio 1 and Lyric FM. He has also been invited to perform at festivals in the United States, Austria and Estonia.
Experiencing Pat Coldrick live, offers a unique opportunity to enjoy his varied repertoire and own material, in an informal, relaxed atmosphere. His album “Cayendo”, released in 2011, includes some original compositions and arrangements as well as some guitar masterpieces such as “Asturias” by Albenis and “Danza Paraguaya No.1” by Barrios. Modern day popular songs are also cleverly arranged by Pat for his live performances.

Highly recommended.


Friday, 1 February 2013

Luka Bloom (IRL) Monday, Feb. 18, 2013

Luka Bloom plays his first BAG show at Mick Murphy's, Ballymore Eustace, Co. Kildare, Monday Feb 18. Doors 9:00pm; Gig 9:30pm - Luka will play one set of 90mins duration. Admission: at the door, is just €12.

Luka Bloom needs little introduction; he is one of the most critically acclaimed singer/songwriters to have emerged from the Irish scene in the late 1960s/70s. With a unique and distinct guitar sound, and a rich, evocative vocal, Luka Bloom has accumulated a large and loyal following at home, and abroad. A prolific songwriter, he has numerous studio releases to his name.

Full details of his long and distinguished career can be found here:

Amelia Curan (CAN) Monday, Feb 11

Canadian songsmith, Amelia Curran, plays BAG at Mick Murphy's, Ballymore Eustace, Co. Kildare, Monday Feb 11.
This is Amelia's first visit to Ballymore, and BAG is delighted to be bringing you new music of such high calibre. Doors 8:30pm. Admission €12 at the door.

For more details, read on, and please check out the videos below; Amelia is a superb talent - I have described her as being like Suzanne Vega, Natalie Merchant, and fellow Canadian Leonard Cohen combined. A perfect blend of voice, musicality and lyricism. Quite simply: stunning.

NEW ALBUM ‘SPECTATORS’ – REL: February 11th 2013

Intriguing, diverse, and brimming with passion **** Maverick magazine

The perfect recipe for late-night music for grown ups! Word magazine

Halifax songstress Amelia Curran is excited to be heading back to the UK and Ireland with the eagerly awaited release of her new album Spectators released on Feb 11th on Blue Rose Records.
Since the release of her first album in 2000, Curran has an impressive discography which each year have gained a number of East Coast Music Award nominations including ‘Folk Recording Of The Year’, ‘Female Recording Of The Year’, until her album triumphed over all and won the much desired Juno Award.

Amelia Curran was born to write music, a songwriter by trade, but a writer at heart, she believes language is everything.

Amelia’s acclaimed 2009 album Hunter, Hunter won her the much sought after Juno Award for Best Roots and Traditional Album. With her new album, Curran returns to the scene with ten tracks that raise the bar on her signature lyricism, but also push beyond the folk boundaries that have defined her previous releases.